The Soldier's Details

First Name:
Nick Name:
Regimental #:
‘B’ Company
Place of Birth:
Glenlin via Bridgetown, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Thomas Morris
Mothers's Name:
Annie Morris
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Selarang Camp Changi; Johore Bahru; Adam Park; Selarang Barracks Changi
‘D’ Force Thailand, S Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Kanu II , Konkoita, Tarsau (12 months), Wampo, Tamajao Wood Camp, Tamarkan, Nikhe, Sonkurai, Nakom Nayok
4/ 6425 and 8811
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Tamaroa

General Description

Morris who was working as a butcher, enlisted AIF 13 July 1940 and later joined 2/4th’s ‘B’ Company 8 Platoon under CO Lt MacKinnon.
Romeo left Singapore to work on Burma-Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force S Battalion.
Please read further about D Force S Battalion
Heppingstone was 12 months at hospital Tarsau with ‘Romeo’ Morris and Dave Whiteman.
He was recovered from Nakom Nayok Camp, Thailand at the end of the war. He was sent to Bangkok and flew to Singapore.  He sailed to Fremantle on HMT Tamaroa


1991 51st Anniversary Dinner

Ray Wilson & Romeo


Fairbridge 2004 No 2

Trevor James, Jim Burns, Alf Worth, John Lane, Des Colevas, Bob Whitield, Joe Pearce (rear), Tom Pilmoor (front), Owen Morris, Jim Elliott, Ron Badock, Gordon Lynam

Fairbridge 2001
Fairbridge 2001
Back Row L-R: Jim Burns, John Lane, Jim Elliott, Cowboy Matthews, Frank Evans, Alf Worth, Trevor James, Wally Lynn, Les Cody, Owen Morris
Front Row L-R: Greg Burdon, Ron Badock, Des Coleves, Jim Gilmour, Joe Pearce.Back Row L-R: Jim Burns, John Lane, Jim Elliott, Cowboy Matthews, Frank Evans, Alf Worth, Trevor James, Wally Lynn, Les Cody, Owen Morris


Hellfire 2002, Morris & Burns
Hellfire Pass 2002, ‘Romeo’ Morris & Jim Burns (Morris Collection)


Romeo passed away on his 87th birthday, March 31 2006, at Doubleview, WA.
Morris Hilda & Owen (Romeo)
Morris Hilda & Owen (Romeo)


Above;  far Left Romeo, Hilda is 3rd from Right.  Rockingham


Above:  Romeo with Johnny Gilmour seated in the rear of an Army Transport Truck Anzac Day about 2004.
Listen to an oral history interview of Owen, Jim Copeland and Jim Gilmour recorded in Singapore February 2001.


It seems Owen enlisted from Manjimup.


Owen’s parents Thomas Morris and Annie Hubery married 1892 England.  Owen was the second youngest of a very large family of about 14 children.  Many were born in England.
Thomas Morris died at Majimup in 1935 aged 64 years and Annie Morris died 1973 also at Manjimup. They are buried at Manjimup as are Hilda and Owen Morris – no other sons are buried at Manjimup.
Five sons enlisted at Manjimup WW2:  Owen, Frederick (b. England 1912), Norman Ernest,  John and Leslie – the others were born Bridgetown. That would have been a lot of worrying  and sleepless nights for the boys’ parents.
Owen married Beryl Rowe and they had four children.  He then married Hilda Janet in England in 1980.  Hilda died in 1993 – they had been married 13 years.






Below:  Owen’s father became ill with Typhoid in 1928

Below:  1935 Thomas Morris died.


Below:  Owen was a chess champion 1934!

Below:  Owen has enlisted.




Camp Locations:

  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Kanu II, 152.30k - Thailand
  • Nakom Nayok, Nakhon Nayok - Thailand
  • Nikhe Wood Camp, Ni Thea, 131 Kilo, 284k - Thailand
  • Songkurai 294k - Thailand
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Tamajao, Tha Mayo, 238k - Thailand
  • Tarsau, Tha Sao 125k - Thailand
  • Wampo, Wang Pho 114k - Thailand ***